Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor are back together after going their separate ways five years ago.

Ben Stiller revealed the good news in an interview with Esquire.

The actor spoke of how he and Christine Taylor decided during the pandemic that the best thing would be for him to move back into the family home. That way they could both be there for their children during the early months of lockdown.

The couple have a daughter and son together, Ella Olivia who was born in 2002 and Quinn who born in 2005.

Ben Stiller says of spending lockdown in the same house as Christina: "Then, over the course of time, it evolved.

"We were separated and got back together and we’re happy about that. It’s been really wonderful for all of us. Unexpected, and one of the things that came out of the pandemic."

He and Christine had announced their separation back in May 2017, after seventeen years of marriage.

In a joint statement to PEOPLE at the time, they said: "With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as a couple, we have made the decision to separate.

"Our priority will continue to be raising our children as devoted parents and the closest of friends. We kindly ask that the media respect our privacy at this time."

In the Esquire interview, Ben Stiller proceeded to compare the couple's reconcilation, rather bizarrely, to horseback riding.

He says: "A few years ago, I realized I don’t like horseback riding. If there’s an opportunity to go horseback riding, I’m probably not going to do it. Now, I like horses!

"I think they’re beautiful. I like petting them. I like watching people ride horses, I like watching my kids ride horses. I just don’t really love riding horses. And once you know that, it just saves a lot of energy.

"So, yeah, I think we have a respect for the ways that we’re similar and the ways we’re different. And I think accepting that, you can really appreciate someone more because you’re not trying to get them to change for you.

"Once you accept that, you save a lot of energy. ‘This is something that works for me; this is something that doesn’t work for me.’ If you have that trust level with your partner, you know that me saying ‘I don’t like doing that thing’ is not me saying ‘I don’t like you.’"